The Boston Lykeion Ellinidon’s six departments focus on key areas of interest for the organization and organize relevant events and activities.
The Department of Traditional Dance organizes dance workshops, private & small group instruction, and visiting troupe performances, and researches regional characteristics and variations in traditional Greek dance. Chaired by Dawn Georgiadis, who has participated and organized many dance conferences and workshop opportunities with the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon. The many aspects and genres of Greek music are a passion for Dawn, which comes through whether dancing, organizing concerts, or attending local events.
The Department of Traditional Attire and Decorative Arts focuses on maintaining and expanding our collections of traditional garments, jewelry, textiles, and other handicrafts from Greece and the Hellenic world.This includes performing extensive research; cataloging and maintaining our collections, determining repairs as necessary; planning for the acquisition, purchase, or donation of new items; and the design and reproduction of certain pieces or components, as well as decor for events and presentations. Chaired by Andrea Messina, a long-time member of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon and BLE Dance Troupe. Andrea’s great interest and passion for traditional and historical clothing adds to her love of participating not only in the BLE, but also with local theater groups as both a performer and costume coordinator.
The Department of Traditional Music offers opportunities to learn about and enjoy Hellenic musical culture, from instruction and workshops to concerts and performances. Chaired by Sandy Theodorou, a vocalist, accordionist, and laouto player who specializes in traditional Greek regional music and Greek urban rebetika.
The Folklore Library deals with the acquisition, cataloging & maintenance of a physical and digital archive of folklore materials and items. We are currently pursuing temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, as well as avenues for publications & presentations. Chaired by Theodora Choros.
The Department of Greek-American Women as Preservers of Hellenic Folk Culture and Traditions examines the unique roles of Greek and Greek-American women throughout history. Activities include workshops and events, and collaborations with academic institutions and other organizations. Chaired by Sophia Koustas, a long-time member of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon. Sophia’s great interest and passion is the promotion of Greek culture as well as organizational, innovative, and entrepreneurial initiatives in Greece.
The Guardianship of the Greek Language Department celebrates Greek linguistic diversity, organizing workshops and seminars on regional dialects and topics relating to folk culture. Chaired by Marcelle Abi-Esber.